As we told you a few months ago, Badollet is an independent brand with a strong pedigree that because of its exclusivity and high price range, is only accessible for the ultra elite watchlifestylers. Since they say that "green is the color of money" why not publish a review of one of our favorite Badollet timepieces that comes with plenty of green in it and also with a very green price tag.
The Crystalball Tiger is a timepiece featuring a tourbillon and fitted with a tripartite case in 18K rose gold and malachite measuring 44m in diameter. The dial is also made of malachite. Malachite is present in several historical landmarks around the world such as the 'Malachite Room' in Mexico City's Castle of Chapultepec, 'The Tazza' vase —gifted by the Tzar Nicholas II— at the Linda Hall Library in Kansas City and the over-sized neoclassical vase at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, just to name a few.
The malachite dial features a hand engraved 18K rose gold tiger surrounded by bamboo sticks on relief that almost seems to be floating on top of the surface of the dial which happens to be part of the middle case. The tourbillon cage is located at 7 o'clock and the blued hands provide perfect balance to this work of art. The level of detail on the tiger and the bamboo is almost unfathomable and a real treat for the eyes.
The crown is very nicely crafted and properly signed with the Badollet griffin. The hollow angular horns on the case are extremely unique and as beautiful as it gets. All the rose gold elements used in the construction of this watch, provide the perfect amount of contrast to the beautiful dark malachite middle case and dial.
Now, let's talk about our favorite part. The display case back allows for full view of the amazing Badollet manual-wound calibre BAD5600 with aluminum and lithium bridges entirely hand-engraved to resemble bamboo scaffolding. The plate and gears are made from blackened gold and the movement provides a power-reserve of five days when fully wound. The intricate work on each of the bridges shows the love for horology and the level of detail obtained by the watchmaker when engraving the bridges is just out of this world. As a side note, Badollet offers ad-hoc personalization where the bridges or other components of the movement can be engraved.
The Badollet Crystalball Tiger watch is fitted with an elegant black safari crocodile leather strap that is handmade, leather-lined, hand-creased, saddle-stitched and available in matte or glossy finish. The strap features an 18K rose gold double-deployant folding clasp. The strap wears very comfortable and requires no break-in period.
On the wrist, the watch feels like a dream. Even though the watch has a very particular look and its dial could be perceived by a few as kitsch, all we can say is that it is not the case. While we consider ourselves big fans of simplicity and discreet timepieces, all it takes to fall in love with this timepiece is to see one in person and strap it on to the wrist, after you've done that, is just game over.
This time we skipped the wrist shot as we wanted for you to use your imagination and visualize how this fascinating watch would look on your on wrist.
Sticker Price $385,000 USD. For more info on Badollet click here.